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Kids and COVID-19: How to Increase Your Children's Wellness During COVID-19

Apr 22, 2020, 10:37 AM by Clara Cirks

Kids and COVID-19: How to Increase Your Children's Wellness During COVID-19

As we navigate through these unprecedented times, it is important to encourage and support your children’s wellness. Our experts share a few tips on how you can help promote your children’s mental health during COVID-19.

Keep them socially connected

Technology is an important tool to keep your children socially connected during this time. Phone calls and video chats are great ways to keep in touch with friends and family. Encourage your children to draw pictures or write cards and letters to those who may be unable to visit during this time, like grandparents or older family members.

“It is important to also acknowledge the disappointment and sadness children and teens might be feeling knowing they will not be participating in some events they were looking forward to, like end of school activities, prom and graduations,” comments our Director of Healthcare Services, Jamie Falasca, LPC. Coordinating group video chats or calls with your children’s classmates or family members are alternative ways to still celebrate these milestones and events.

Help your children stay active

It’s important to still get outside with your children. Bike rides, hikes, or family walks are great ways to encourage physical activity and relieve stress. You can also try indoor activities such as dancing or stretching to break up schoolwork and daily routine tasks.

Keep a routine

Keeping a routine with your children’s schedule establishes a sense of normalcy and helps them to be comfortable during uncertain times. Daily routines might include schoolwork time, snack time, family time, and play time. A consistent bedtime and wake-up time will also help kids get a good night’s rest and increase healthy habits.

Watch for signs of stress and anxiety in your child

“As children adapt to these new times, they might feel the stress of the unknown, along with the anxiety and pressure related to schoolwork and not being able to engage socially with their peers. This can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression,” states Jamie. 

It is normal for children to have many questions and feelings during this time, but if they are experiencing trouble expressing those feelings or show signs of overwhelming stress or anxiety, it may be a good idea to reach out to one of our trusted professionals. Learn more about how we can help by filling out our contact form or call us at (719) 572-6100 to get started today.

For more information

For more tips on how to care for children during COVID-19, visit the Center for Disease Control website.

Need help communicating COVID-19 to your children? Visit our COVID-19 resource page to learn more.